Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Ocean Sci., 15, 1615–1625, 2019
Ocean Sci., 15, 1615–1625, 2019

Research article 06 Dec 2019

Research article | 06 Dec 2019

Increasing turbidity in the North Sea during the 20th century due to changing wave climate

Robert J. Wilson and Michael R. Heath


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ED: Publish as is (02 Oct 2019) by Oliver Zielinski
Short summary
The North Sea became much less clear during the 20th century, with potential consequences for primary production. This study analyses the hypothesis that changes in wave regime were a key driver of this change. We hindcast bed shear stress over the 20th century using a long-term wave reanalysis. Shear stress increased by over 20 % in large parts of the southern and central North Sea during the 20th century. An increase of this magnitude would have caused a large decline in water clarity.